The formula for the C43 AMG seemed so simple: drop a big engine into small wagon, add sports suspension and one practical high-speed hauler was produced. But the conversion was by no means quickly carried out, and much thought went into the fitting of the V8. Being all-alloy meant the new motor was actually lighter than the cast-iron straight-six, creating a better balanced car. AMG added stiffer springs, shocks and anti-roll bars, plus 17-inch (432mm) alloys, slighter wider at the rear, to make the handling superb. Mercedes' own ESP (Electronic Stability Program) kept the traction and also had reigns on the yaw to prevent sideways slippage. AMG revised the camshafts on the engine, an oil cooler and free-flowing intake to extract a further 27bhp (20kW) and 7 lb ft (9.4Nm), making an awesome package, reaching 100mph (160km/h) in just over 15 seconds.
Mercedes C43 AMG Specifications
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